the preservation of the world
Post #299 • June 15, 2004, 10:09 AM • 3 Comments
Fairfield Porter, 1971:
Whenever I talk to art students, in Amherst, Baltimore or Illinois all this year, I tell them that I think (to alter Thoreau) that in the artistic impulse is the preservation of the world. What I mean is that the artistic impulse is what makes one look at things for themselves, not as useful. It means to particularize instead of generalize. It is generalization that has led to the harm that is done.